An internal Israeli battle has recently broken out over the right to open commercial premises, including grocery stores, on Saturdays. At the forefront of the case is the municipal law, which the Tel Aviv Municipality approved years ago, allowing some commercial premises to be open under particular circumstances on Saturdays. However, the

law needs to be approved by the ultraorthodox Minister of Interior Arie Deri. The government has re-entrusted Deri with the power of regulating work on Saturdays. In addition to the transportation issue, this is one of the hottest topics in the battle against religious coercion.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.